Best RV Fishing Trip Guide


Either way, Cruise America has the answer. When it comes to unique family vacations, an RV fishing trip tops the list. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to plan your affordable and fun RV fishing trip to some of the best destinations. 

If you’re heading out on one of the fun fishing trips we’ve listed below or planning a fishing trip in Canada, remember that Cruise America is always a great catch. Without further ado, let’s prepare you for your next RV fishing trip adventure!

Preparing for an RV Fishing Trip

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or heading out on your first trip, there are a few things you should know to prepare for your RV fishing trip. 

Choose the Right Location

The first step in planning an RV fishing trip is to figure out where you’re fishing! This will depend largely on the season and the type of fish you’re hoping to catch. Some locations may welcome fishing year-round while others have select months that water sources are open to the public. 

Check out our guide below to some of the best locations for fishing based on the type of fish you’re looking for. 

Pick Up Your Gear

No fishing trip is complete without gear. Depending on your level of fishing expertise, you’ll want to invest in the proper gear. Before you head out on your trip, make sure you’ve got your rod, bait, string, hooks, and more. Head to your local sporting goods store to pick up all the supplies you’ll need to make your next RV fishing trip a success. 

Know Local Laws

It’s always important to adhere to the local laws regarding fishing. Some places may only allow a certain number of fish or weight per trip. Others may be a catch and release location. You may also be required to obtain a fishing license in order to visit. Once you’ve chosen your destination, look into both the state and local laws so you know what to expect.  

Always Overpack

You never know what could happen once you’re out on the water, so it’s better to overpack than end up unprepared. Bring extra bait, hooks, string, water, and snacks with you to get through the day. If you end up not needing it, you’ll just have more for next time! 

Best RV Fishing Trip Destinations 

Check out our list of some of the best RV fishing trip locations across the United States to find the perfect destination!

Wild Rainbow and Bull Trout Fishing - Metolius River, OR

Originating from natural springs located beneath Black Butte, a 3,400-foot volcano in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon, the Metolius River winds its way through thick forests of knotty ponderosa pine, eventually emptying into beautiful Lake Billy Chinook.

Out on the Metolius, alongside unblemished views of Mount Jefferson and other snow capped peaks, you’ll find some of the best freshwater fishing in the nation. Wild rainbow trout are the catch of the day, particularly on the section of the river between Camp Sherman and Bridge 99. 

When planning a cheap RV fishing trip here, consider camping in any of Oregon’s numerous National Forest campgrounds — but keep in mind that many are closed during the snowy winter, so call ahead to check off-season availability.

Bluegill Fishing - Clear Lake, CA 

Located just north of San Francisco, Clear Lake’s shallow, nutrient-filled waters provide an ideal home for bluegill, catfish, bass, and carp. This locale is highly popular at the start of the season, with mild weather and plenty of fish making an appearance. As the summer heat sets in, you may find yourself having a harder time catching fish as they take a reprieve from the hot sun under shoreline trees. 

An RV fishing trip to Clear Lake is a top choice for fishers interested in the variety of fish that call this lake home, particularly bluegill and bass. Just be mindful of the weather when planning this vacation!  

Bass Fishing - Lake Amistad, TX

Straddling the border between Texas and Mexico, Lake Amistad’s deep, clear waters are home to fantastic bass fishing, making this a top Texas fishing trip. Fed by the Rio Grande River, the lake is considered an international body of water, with both Mexico and the US holding rights to it. Bounded by steep canyons and set in the dusty, dry climate of southern Texas, Lake Amistad is known as a brilliant blue jewel tucked away amid miles of brown desert. 

When you plan an RV fishing trip to this bass-filled oasis, we’re sure you’ll agree: Lake Amistad is a Texas fishing trip like no other.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Lake Minnetonka, MN

Set on more than 14,000 acres, Lake Minnetonka is actually composed of several semi-separate bodies of water. Replete with endless bays and inlets, the lake boasts an impressive 200 miles of coastline, as well as some of the best bass fishing in the upper Midwest. 

Located just south of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, Lake Minnetonka is easy to get to, and it’s one of the best fishing trips you can take. Book your campsite in advance during the busy summer months, and come for one of the lake’s many fishing tournaments.

Lake Trout Fishing - Big Green Lake, WI

Known as one of the top fishing lakes in the U.S., Big Green Lake is the place to be. Visitors to this 7,920-acre lake in Wisconsin can enjoy plenty of lake access from public beaches and boat launches. Here, you’ll find plenty of trout for your fishing adventure. You’ll also have access to other fish, including smallmouth bass, catfish, panfish, walleye, and more. 

Ready to plan your trip? Be sure to check out the fishing regulations as you choose when to visit! The lake is only open for certain fish during specific months, so you’ll want to make sure you can catch what you’re looking for. 

Walleye Fishing - Hubbard Lake, MI

The shores of Michigan’s lakes are littered with anglers all summer long — and Hubbard Lake is no exception! Located in northeast Michigan (the lower peninsula!), this 8,800-acre lake is home to walleye, muskie, northern pike, and sunfish just to name a few. The 27 miles of shoreline draw in plenty of anglers, boaters, sailors, and water-skiers alike. 

Boats, canoes, and kayaks are welcome on this lake in the warmer months. And if this is where you’ve decided to set up camp, you’re in luck! There is a conveniently located RV park just a few minutes from the lake. 

Perch and Salmon Fishing - Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Found in Central New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee offers a unique RV fishing trip experience for anglers. With roughly 182 miles of shoreline and 264 islands scattered throughout, anglers can enjoy perch and salmon galore while taking in the scenery.  

Ice fishers and summer anglers can enjoy this lake year-round. In the winter months, the lake welcomes ice fishing — just make sure to do so safely! The summer months are filled with anglers from all over the country taking to the 72 square miles of water to see what they can find. With so much to explore, you won’t want to miss out on this RV fishing trip!

Dip Into the Water With Cruise America

With one of our RV rentals, you’ll reel in a deal on your next vacation. Boasting room to sleep up to seven people depending on the model you rent, as well as kitchens, baths, and living areas, a Cruise America RV rental gives you everything you need for a comfortable stay during your fishing trip, plus the flexibility to travel anywhere you choose — no need to pack up a campsite.

No matter where you cast your line, Cruise America can get you there. For even more information on planning your next summer vacation or family reunion, see our extensive collection of vacation planning ideas.

Visit us today to plan your RV fishing trip and get your feet wet with Cruise America this year!